Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) serves San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city in Honduras. It is located about nine miles (11 kilometers) from the city center. Because the airport is more convenient than Tegucigalpa's airport to most of the tourist attractions of Honduras, including the Mayan ruins of Copán, and the beaches and diving venues of Tela and Roatan, it is the primary international gateway to the country.
Airlines serving Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport: Aerolineas Sosa, AeroMexico Connect, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Grupo TACA, Islena Regional Airlines, Maya Island Air, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.
Toncontín International Airport (TGU) is located about four miles (six kilometers) from downtown Tegucigalpa. It handles many international flights, although the airport in San Pedro Sula, the nation's second-largest city, is actually the primary international gateway to Honduras. Because it is closely hemmed in by tall mountains, and because it has the shortest runway of any major international airport, Toncontín International Airport is one of the world's most dangerous airports to fly into and out of.
Airlines serving Toncontín International Airport: Aerolineas Sosa, American Airlines, Central American Airways, CM Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Grupo TACA, Islena Regional Airlines, Lansa Airlines, Rollins Air, and United Airlines.
La Ceiba-Golosón International Airport (LCE) is a small airport serving La Ceiba, a small city on the northern Caribbean coast of Honduras. The airport handles mostly domestic flights, although there are a few flights to neighboring Central American and Caribbean countries.
Airlines serving La Ceiba-Golosón International Airport: Aerolineas Sosa, CanJet, Cayman Airways, Grupo TACA, and Islena Regional Airlines.
All of the cabs in Isla Roatan are monopolized by one company and the cab drivers are hired by them. There were no independent cab drivers who own their own cabs.
I made a deal with a cab driver for the whole day so he can tour us around the island. He brought us to the market in Coxen Hole, Monkey Place, and even waited for us when we were shopping. He told us where to buy inexpensive gifts and brought us to the arts and crafts place.
I cannot be specific as to your possible bus trip, but let me say this. I´m in Honduras NOW, and I´ve ridden buses everywhere for the past 2 1/2 weeks from San Pedro Sula to Tegus to Nicaragua to where I am now in La Esperanza, and I´ve not had any problems whatsoever. EVERYONE has been most kind and helpful. trip has been TODO BUENO, NO MAL !!!!!!
but a suggestion or 2. get talking to someone near you BEFORE you get on the bus. ask them what the cost is; that way you´ll know you´re paying the right price. ask how long it takes; when it will get there, wherever there is. remember, they are the local experts. they ride the buses all the time. as for time, it all depends on how many stops the bus makes. but you should probably try to get going early in the day so if there are any problems you are NOT dropped off at night and then have to start looking for housing, etc.
Hedman-Alas is an upscale bus company which links a limited number of destinations in Honduras and Guatemala (Tegucigalpa - San Pedro Sula - San Pedro Sula Airport - Tela - La Ceiba - Copán Ruinas - Guatemala City - Antigua Guatemala). In some towns like Tela, the Hedman-Alas terminal is further from the center than the humble bus station.
The rates on Hedman-Alas are approximately five or six times higher than on the regular buses: where the slow bus with the unpredictable transfers would be $4, Hedman-Alas will charge you $23, for instance - and take one hour less. Hedman-Alas runs its buses only a few times a day, though, whereas the regular buses might ply a certain route every half hour.
If time is of the essence - to catch your return flight, possibly - Hedman-Alas might be a good investment. Also for a long journey, the Hedman-Alas coaches are much more comfortable. But the (sparse) crowd is less colorful than in the regular buses, and there are no sermon-shouting preachers, no vendors...
Hedman-Alas runs a tight ship: you can charge your ticket; you check-in your luggage; an agent snaps your picture when you board (for security, not as a souvenir); you get a water bottle and a cookie; there is a boarding and a disembarking pass, and most buses have a little restroom.
When buses aren't available or practical, you can often find someone willing to give you a lift in the back of his pickup truck. It's called a pick-up, and pronounced picop.
Naturally, you need to hold on to your hat, and spread sun screen beforehand. And it can be quite rattling on unpaved roads. But you see the landscape much better than from the inside of a bus.
When you reach your destination, slap on the top of the cab, and the driver will stop to let you off. The standard payment during my visit was 20 Lempiras (a little more than a dollar).
Buses in Honduras are either decommissioned US school buses or grimy old touring coaches. The school buses are still yellow (unlike in Guatemala, where they are gaudily redecorated).
As of 2009, the fare is less than $2 per hour - some times much less. The conductor collects the fare en route, and gives you a piece of paper, the length of which depending on how much you have paid. Hold on to it, as it may be collected when you step off the bus.
The buses are slow, especially in mountainous country where they seem to inch up in first gear. Stops are on demand, and plentiful. Preachers occasionally get up for a fierce sermon. Kids board the buses regularly to offer snacks and drinks.
This is a safe and economical form of transport, but you need at least elementary Spanish to make it to our destination.
San Pedro Sula is the prime gateway to enter Honduras by air, with the capital Tegucigalpa a close second.
I flew into San Pedro Sula nonstop from New York / Newark with Continental. This flight only operates on Saturdays. There are two daily flights from Houston with Continental, and service from Atlanta, Dallas, and Miami with other airlines. There are flights between Honduras and its neighbors too, of course, on TACA airlines. And there are smaller planes to reach the famed Bay Islands.
There is a Wendy's in the main hall, and a very small cafeteria past security. The airport is isolated (unlike that at Tegucigalpa, which looks on pictures like it's smack downtown).
The immigration procedures are slow, as all flights from the US seem to land at once in the late morning. A departure fee of $32 is due upon leaving.
Ist is a reliable bus service, locals use it as well, it is the lesta expensive of the bus services between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
It only costa round 5.60 usd (100.00 lempiras ) to get to/from these 2 cities.
And it only costs approx 1.50 to get From San Pedro to the beach town of Tela
As I posted in the "Warnings and Dangers" section last year, Hedman Alas should be everyone's last choice regarding travel within Honduras. There have been some interesting communications between the Hedmans and myself since this ordeal, and I invite anyone who's considering bus travel within Honduras to read the blog post on my site, before making any decision to utilize Hedman Alas' bus line. Especially since there are many other viable alternatives, as I mentioned in my first tip. Check out the link I've included!
The Puerto Cortez (Honduras) ferry leaves every Saturday morning around 9, though probably later, from the docks at Dangriga. The ferry operators make smooth work of the passport control, for which you need to arive a tad early, though after the three hour ferry you are on your own to find the customs office in Puerto Cortez. Barter before making a deal with the money changers, they will offer bad rates at first. Also barter with the cabs that offer to take you to the customs house. It is not close to the port, so a cab is necessary, though you shouldn't pay more than 2 USD. The bus station is just around the corner from customs and there is an hourly service to San Pedro Sula, Ceiba, and other North Coast destinations.
Jalone (Ha-lone) is the Honduran word for hitchhike. Most people are willing to stop and pick you up and I imagine it is safe to do almost anywhere outside of the big cities. Always ask people how much money they would like for the ride, though people rarely accept anything. Do not jalone at night and it is probably safer to do with more than one person.
Any fligth from Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Panama, Madrid, etc. Or by road from the United States all the way down to Panama trougth the 'Carretera Panamericana'and crossing all the five central american countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, then Honduras and Nicaragua, Costa Rica and then Pánama.
You can travel inside Honduras by almost any kind of tranportation, we have good transportation by bus, good roads and air transportation. No trains from Tegucigalpa, we don't have trains here, they are limited to the north cost of the country and it is not a good tranportation for people.
We were on the main highway through the country, and had a great opportunity to explore the local towns with the bus system. The bus took us to any of the local villages in the area, very safely and efficiently. I don't remember the cost, but it was not expensive.
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